Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Friday, July 31, 2015

A New Twist on Home-Cooked Meals

Features Beth Milligan Wish you could eat healthier, but aren’t sure where to start? Crave a homemade dinner, but don’t have the time or energy to cook from scratch every night? Meet three companies who are taking over the shopping, prepping and cooking — all so you don’t have to.
Friday, July 31, 2015

Three Sides of “Ernie”

Features Kristi Kates

Ernie Harwell was a sportscasting legend. He spent 55 years on the microphone — 42 of those with the Detroit Tigers — calling the game action on radio and TV. But to Michiganians, he was even more. Harwell’s familiar vocal resonance, phrasings and personality made him more like a family member, connecting him with fans, players and fellow broadcasters.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dancing with the Stars Live!

Waltzes Into Interlochen

Features Kristi Kates ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars (DWTS)” is a true reality TV phenomenon, and that phenomenon is making a live stop in northern Michigan Aug. 10. Pairing professional dancers with celebrities, each couple performs specific dances within a weekly theme, ranging from the jive to the tango.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Weekend at Interlochen

Music Kristi Kates Continuing the tradition of what was perhaps the only band to truly capture the audio soul of a California summer is this classic act, now led by original member Mike Love and mid-1960s addition Bruce Johnston (an Interlochen camp alumnus!).
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Chalk and Chocolate Expands to TC

Art Kristi Kates “It’s a gorgeous and perfect spot,” Mc- Surely said. “Large international street art festivals are often several day affairs,” she continued. “At our fest, many of the artists will be working most of the day on their piece, with spectators able to hang out, view and talk to the artists.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sublime to Ridiculous

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle

The 11th Traverse City Film Festival is upon us. This is a good thing. It’s an especially good thing if you enjoy movies you would not otherwise have a chance to see. And if you enjoy talking movies with people you wouldn’t otherwise meet.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

We Get What They Pay For

Other Opinions Mark Pontoni During the 2014 election cycle, it was pretty obvious there were not many talented candidates running for office in northern Michigan. With the exception of Betsy Coffia, Wayne Schmidt, and Jerry Cannon, there was very little upon which to evaluate candidates.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dates 07-25-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Black Cat Concerts presents percussive symphony Tom Sharpe on Saturday, August 1 at Dhaseleer Events Barn, Charlevoix at 8pm. An Interlochen Arts Academy alumni & drummer for Grammy Award winning Mannheim Steamroller, Sharpe moves between traditional instrumentation & electronics, blending genres from Middle Eastern, African, orchestral & rock music.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Letters 07-27-2015


Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Traverse City Film Festival

Features Just Great Movies, Doug Loves TC, New Media, Ticket Info
Saturday, July 25, 2015

TCFF 2015 Preview

Features Meg Weichman When I’m not reviewing the latest and greatest from Hollywood each week, in my other job as creative director at the Traverse City Film Festival I get to watch a lot of great independent films in preparation for six days of moviegoing goodness. Here are some of my favorites at this year’s fest, which runs from Tuesday, July 28 - Sunday, August 2:.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Challenges of Filming Up North

Features Kristi Kates There are a lot of great things about filming in Michigan. For starters, big budget films like “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and "Red Dawn" have utilized the urban wilds of Detroit, where they’ve found endless examples of inner-city blight, abandoned factories and graffitied walls to serve as backdrops for various apocalyptic scenarios.
Saturday, July 25, 2015


The path a movie takes from film to Film Fest

Features UNOFFICIAL SUBMISSIONS “Most film festivals post a submission period where anyone can submit their films. There’s a form and a fee, and then the festival watches the film and gets back to you with feedback and whether or not it will get into the festival.
Saturday, July 25, 2015


A local pastor and a local atheist debate Refusing Service to Gays – Religious Freedom or Discrimination?

Features Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer We live in a different world. The blurred lines between public and private have us asking all sorts of questions. One particularly vexing question for me involves another baker, and probably some butchers, candlestick makers, florists, photographers, and caterers too!.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

TCFF’s Special Guests: Inspire, Entertain, Educate

Features Beth Milligan This week’s Traverse City Film Festival (July 28-August 2) brings a constellation of directors, writers, producers and characters – both fictional and real – to northern Michigan.